Derry bridge lost as Bertha hits Mar estate

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Torrential rain and severe flooding, which hit Deeside as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha stuck last week have destroyed footbridges.

Mar Lodge Estate was badly hit by the flooding after the River Dee burst its banks, with water levels rising to their highest since 1990.

The footbridge at Derry Lodge was lost in the storms. The bridge was on a major walking route to the Lairig Ghru.

Without the bridge, access to the famous mountain pass is difficult without a significant detour.

The upper footbridge in Glen Quoich was also lost, meaning a popular circular walking route is no longer accessible.

The floods have also badly damaged a number of footpaths, and walkers are advised to take care on all routes.

Peter Holden, Head Ranger at Mar Lodge Estate said: “While we are making every effort to maintain public access, people need to be aware that their intended route may not be viable. Many of the rivers are still in full spate, and people could put themselves at risk if they are tempted to ford the burns.

“There are nearly 300km of footpaths on the estate and it will take us some time to fully assess the damage. Meantime, the best advice we can offer is to plan your route carefully, and have a backup plan in case your intended route is impassable.”

Elsewhere on the Mar Lodge Estate, floods caused damage to fencing, vehicle tracks and bridges, and even to flood defences for Mar Lodge itself.

None of the buildings on the estate were affected, however the main drive to Mar Lodge remained impassable for several hours on Monday August 11.

The cleanup operation is likely to take many weeks, and replacement of the bridges, longer still.

Aberdeenshire Council issued a statement on Tuesday August 12 thanking everyone who worked tirelessly to support people who needed help during the extreme weather.

As well as employees from the council, NHS, Ambulance Service, Fire & Rescue Service, Police Scotland, SEPA, The Met Office and volunteers from all communities worked together to help those affected.

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